Intermediate Pandemic Period: Focal Points

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Employee Engagement

In my last blog, we discussed the book, Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live, by Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a physician and social scientist at Yale University, who has studied pandemics and plagues almost his entire career. In it, he predicts we are about to enter into the “Intermediate Period” of this pandemic, …

How to Maintain Human Connection in a Hybrid Workforce

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

We’ve been talking about how you and your organization can adapt to the emerging hybrid workforce. In my last blog article, I discussed the shift to real-time communication between colleagues in different locations. This week, we turn to another persistent challenge in the hybrid workforce: maintaining genuine human connection when we are rarely (if ever) in the same location as …

How to Collaborate (in Real Time!) with a Remote Team

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

We’ve been talking about how you and your organization can adapt to the emerging hybrid workforce. In my last blog article, I discussed the shift to asynchronous communication, which allows you to be anywhere, at any time, and still be able to send, receive and understand a message. However, in some situations, there’s just no substitute for real-time communication. To …

How Hybrid Work Will Change Business Communications

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

One of the biggest pushbacks I hear against the hybrid workforce is around communication. Many people — perhaps you are one of them — believe their workplace culture depends on everyone being in the same location at the same time so they can have face-to-face conversations. They saw remote work as a necessary evil during the pandemic. But now they’re …

What Will the Post-Pandemic Workforce Look Like?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

During the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented number of Americans started working remotely. So what happens now that vaccines and falling case numbers are making it possible to return to the office? There’s a hotly contested debate. On one side, you have Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, who believes the new workforce will look like the old, pre-pandemic, office-based workforce. …

Leading Difficult People, Part 4: The Argumentative Person

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

Argumentative people find energy and excitement in conflict. They are always willing to argue and fight, and they look for people who’ll step into the ring. Sometimes it’s actually good to have people like this around. They can help us refine our logic and strengthen our resolve. Organizational studies have found that when CEOs are looking to nominate their own …

Leading Difficult People, Part 3: The Narcissist

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

We’ve all seen them, heard them or even worked for them: people who think they are truly above others. They are great. They are superior. The things they do are very special or the absolute best. They recoil when they are told they are wrong. And they turn aggressive in the face of a real or perceived afront. I’m talking …

Leading Difficult People, Part 2: The Stubborn Ones

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Self-Care

We’ve all experienced stubborn people at some point in our careers. Once they have made a decision, their position becomes like a piece of granite. You won’t have much luck trying to move them by brute force. But what you can do is hand them a hammer and chisel and convince them that they have the capacity to use those …